How do I prepare for a virtual meeting?
The first time you try to connect to a zoom room, you will be prompted to install Zoom. This
small application installs quickly, but you can install it now to make that first meeting go
smoother. To download and install Zoom usethe link in the Instructions for Joining a Meeting area at right of this page.
When you enter most meetings your camera and mic will be off. In order to be seen, click on the
camera icon in the lower left of your Zoom screen. To speak to the instructor or other
students, click on the microphone icon (also in
the lower left of your screen). You can join an empty room for a test meeting, and to check that
your microphone and camera are working(use the test meeting link in the upper left corner of this
How do I find my meeting room?
To join your a meeting you need either the Meeting ID or a web link to the room. Clicking on
a web link to a Zoom meeting will open your Zoom application and add you to the meeting. To
join a Zoom room using the Meeting ID, click
on the enter meeting code link to the left. On the next page, enter your Meeting ID.
The left hand menu of your Canvas course may have a Zoom item that links to a list of
regularly scheduled meetings. You can enter any of them, during the times listed, by
clicking on the join button. Instructors may also send you
Meeting ID's or web links to meetings in campus email, in Canvas mail or by adding a meeting
to your Canvas calendar.
Do I have to use a camera?
That depends on the class. For most classes, it is not necessary to turn on your camera or
your microphone. You can often ask questions and participate by turning on the chat box (the
chat icon is on the bottom of your Zoom window).
Using your Camera or microphone to ask questions and interact with your instructors allows you to participate in
much the same way you would in a face to face class.
Do I need a computer?
Zoom installs on smart phones and tablets. Not all features are enabled and we do recommend
using a computer if possible but most classes can be attended with mobile devices.
What if I miss a meeting?
Let your instructor know and ask if they recorded the meeting. If the meeting was scheduled
in Canvas and recorded, the Zoom recording will be in the Canvas course in the Zoom
tool > Cloud Recordings tab a few hours after the meeting ends.